Dear Members

We hope you and your family continue to keep safe and well during these difficult and unprecedented times.

No doubt you are all looking forward to being able to enjoy bowls, snooker and the club facilities and it would appear that, finally, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.

We have now received guidance from the National and Sheffield and Hallamshire Bowling Associations following the easing of restrictions announced by the Government on May 10th. This new guidance means that will be able to allow bowling to recommence on a much restricted basis. We will not however be able to reopen the clubhouse for general use nor the bar facilities until further easement of the restrictions which according to current Government thinking may be at the beginning of July.

We have undertaken a risk assessment as advised by the Government and the British Crown Green Bowling Association to identify what precautionary measures we must take in order to reduce the risk from Covid19 when we commence bowling again. This risk assessment is available for you to see if you request a copy from me.


The Club will reopen for bowls on a limited basis from Monday 18th May  the opening hours will be from 11.00am to 9.30pm.  the following restrictions must be strictly adhered to for your own safety


  • Members who have received a letter designating them as vulnerable, those who have underlying health problems, and those shielding vulnerable relatives must not come to the club. 

  • Members who are showing symptoms of Covid19 must not come to the club and should follow the government’s advice on self isolating.

  • The club will open between 11.00 am and 9.30 pm Monday to Saturday and, access will be by appointment only. A schedule of available times  will be kept and bookings can be made by telephone on 01142661851 during opening hours. If you don’t have an appointment time you must not come to the club.

  • The club premises will not be open other than for access to the green

  • Members must abide by the social distancing guidelines, notices and markings in all parts of the club including the terrace. In the first instance access will be restricted to members - not guests

  • The number of games on the green will be strictly limited .Games must be singles only. Doubles games are not allowed.

  • Games will be “social bowls” using two jacks and no measuring of ends. 

  • Social distancing must be maintained on the green during play at all times. If passing another player you must keep 2 metres apart.

  • Storing bowls equipment poses a risk. After their first game players must retain and bring their own equipment from home (jacks, mats, bowls etc.)

  • Hand sanitiser will be provided at strategic points, players must use them before and after play.

  • All common touch points will be regularly cleaned throughout opening times (light switches, door handles, etc.)

  • Players will be restricted to one game per visit  unless the subsequent time slot is free.This will enable all members to have the opportunity to play.

  • The use of protective gloves is not allowed, these help spread infection by encouraging less hand washing and are ineffective outside a clinical setting - hand washing is more effective.

  • Members may wear face coverings if they wish but maintaining social distancing is more effective at reducing the transmission of the virus. Face coverings must be taken home and not disposed of in the club.


We will reopen the club bar and the snooker facilities as soon as the Government guidance permits the wider use of the premises.

The above information is subject to review and may be amended as new guidance becomes available. If the government advises closure because of resurgence of infections we will revert to full lockdown as before.

I hope the new rules do not spoil for you the pleasure of being able to bowl again even if it  is on a restricted basis



Eric Ambler 

Club President

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